Centre wins inaugural SAA Presidents Trophy
May 9, 2013 By Elizabeth Trollinger and Hoyt Young, assistant commissioner of the Southern Athletic Association
The Southern Athletic Association (SAA) has announced the final Presidents Trophy standings for 2012–13 year and Centre College has claimed the inaugural trophy.
Centre’s sports teams combined to tally 905 points throughout the year to top second place Birmingham–Southern College. Centre’s men’s and women’s squads both sat atop the leaderboard, demonstrating their strength across all sports.
In addition to the overall Presidents Trophy, several Centre teams also had the highest score in their particular sports. Both the men’s and women’s basketball teams won first place, with the women’s team tied with Millsaps College and both teams tied with Rhodes College for first. The men’s and women’s cross country teams also both won first place, as did the swimming and diving teams. The men’s and women’s soccer teams also both claimed first place, with the men tied with Berry College and the women tied with Rhodes and Birmingham–Southern.
The women’s golf team won first place among all SAA golf teams, as did the men’s lacrosse team for its sport. Both the men’s and women’s track and field teams won second place overall, as did the women’s field hockey team and the women’s lacrosse team. The men’s golf team placed third amongst other SAA colleges, as did the volleyball team, which was tied with Birmingham–Southern.
The SAA Presidents Trophy caps a banner year for Centre athletics. Quite a few teams won inaugural SAA Championships in their respective sports, including men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross-country, and men’s and women’s swimming and diving. Several coaches were also named SAA Coach of the Year.
Points for the Presidents Trophy are awarded for final standings in the regular season for sports that play a regular season, and are awarded by the order of finish in Championship play for those that do not. The points are awarded from the lowest position upwards for sports that field less than eight teams. An institution that does not field a team will not be awarded points in that sport. Ties divide equally the total number of points allotted for those two or more positions.
Men’s and women’s teams are scored separately, and then all points are added together to determine the Presidents Trophy winner. Member institutions must declare a sport as varsity status with the NCAA to participate and score points in the Presidents Trophy standings.
For more about athletics at Centre, visit CentreAthletics.com.
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